I think the main conclusion and outcome is that the situation is finally and irreversibly clear. What is happening in the world, who is taking action on the international arena and with what intentions and plans, who is open to negotiations and who must not be believed any longer.
I believe this is the main outcome: everything has become perfectly clear. It is perfectly clear to us, our Belarusian friends and allies and other like-minded countries. It is a moment of clarity for the overwhelming majority of countries. From now on, we will proceed from this realisation as we build our foreign policy, relying only on the partnerships that have proven to be with people who are capable of negotiating, keeping their word and not trying to benefit from infringing on the interests of others.
Our motto is the balance of interests. This balance is the core of our foreign policy. It is the only approach that has prospects in international affairs.
Francis Fukuyama said 30 years ago that the end of history had come, by which he meant the overwhelming dominance of liberal ideology, democracy, and that way of life and the disappearance of socialism which was the competing world system. He was ridiculed and they were saying he was wrong and there was no need to make rash forecasts.
If you look at the Biden administration’s policies now, it becomes clear that they want the “end of history” to take place, not just in the works of political analysts, scientists or pundits, but in real life as well. Everything that we are now witnessing in Europe in its broadest sense and on other continents, where US “messengers” want every country to take an anti-Russia position, to join the sanctions and to keep from talking with Russian representatives reflects an attempt to establish the end of history and the final and irreversible dominance of the “golden billion.” President Vladimir Putin has talked about this more than once.
These vain attempts are anti-historical and are aimed at stopping and suppressing the objective formation of a multipolar world. The course of history cannot be stopped. There is no end to history and there never will be. Humanity has more than once gone through many attempts to subjugate it that were undertaken by different forces, which wanted to dictate everything to everyone. It will play out the same way this time as well.
Many countries and politicians (there are not many of them in the United States, but they do exist and are trying to make their point of view known publicly in a vocal manner) are aware of the dead-end nature of this kind of policy and the fact that there is no alternative to building neighbourly relations on this planet (which is a relatively small place) which implies taking into account each other’s interests, living side by side without trying to subjugate their neighbours or countries that are 10,000 miles away.
This is what the Americans did when it “suddenly” occurred to them that a threat to their security came from Yugoslavia led by Slobodan Milosevic, Iraq led by Saddam Hussein or Libya with Muammar Gaddafi at the helm. The above countries were prosperous nations, a fact that did not sit well with the Western understanding of liberal democracy. They were autocratic, if not dictatorial countries. But this does not make things any easier for more than a million civilians who died as a result of Western aggression. The socioeconomic situations in Iraq and Libya were two of the best in the region. Where are these countries now? As states, they have not yet been “rebuilt” in full.
Every other region of the world where the Americans have tried to “bring things up to code” has experienced similar sad and tragic consequences. They withdrew from Afghanistan overnight after 20 years of “rule.” They fled leaving the country in ruins and plagued by terrorist and drug threats that actually multiplied on the US’s watch. Everyone is aware of the fact that US soldiers teamed up with drug lords and engaged in sending drugs to Europe from Afghanistan.
The Americans did not build a single industrial enterprise in Afghanistan during these 20 years. The situation is further aggravated by the fact that the United States took about $10 billion from the previous government and does not plan to give this money back. Or, they will give it back if the Taliban again lets the Americans in to establish their military presence on their territory. Washington is preoccupied with this.
We should think more about ourselves. The things that President Vladimir Putin said are already being acted on by our ministry and the Government.
We can no longer rely on these people. Neither our people nor history will forgive us if we do. We must do our best to make sure that we have an independent public governance system when it comes to critical industries and technologies. Over the months of the special military operation and over the past years, when serious sanctions were imposed on Russia, we identified setbacks in our own development and instances where we too openly and naively put our faith in the assurances that we heard in the early 1990s about a common European home and the need for an international division of labour that would rely on the best performance and competitive advantages of each country, so that, by pulling our efforts together and saving resources, we would be able achieve the best and cost-effective results. All of that was empty talk.
As the President said, the true interests of the West are in continuing colonial and neo-colonial policies where it looks to cheat, to grab a bigger piece for itself, and to make sure that the dollar, which is reproduced in the trillions in pieces of green paper, retains its financial dominance. Then, these green pieces of paper are widely used to create a situation on the global food and fertiliser markets that the West (primarily the United States) needs. Whenever we are told that we need to look for solutions and compromises we no longer find this rhetoric convincing.
Speaking of compromises, during his “triumphant” visit to the United States, President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that a just peace means no compromises whatsoever. This is exactly what his handlers are guided by: no compromises and dictating their own will. Therefore, they need to defeat Russia not only on the battlefield, but also deal a strategic defeat to Russia so that nobody ever tries to follow in our steps. This is what makes this period stand apart. The vast majority of countries see and understand this very well. It takes time to get rid of these dollar-oriented “fetters” aimed at ensuring the perpetual functioning of the global development mechanisms created by the West and servicing the global economy. Almost every country became bogged down in this “system” too deeply during the post-war period, when these tools and mechanisms were still considered promising and suitable for everyone who was responsible for balancing the interests of states. The process of realising the risks and threats arising from this dependence is going on at a fast pace.
Rest assured that in the near future, we will see a serious drop in the West’s ability to “steer” the global economy the way it pleases. Whether it wants it or not, it will have to sit down and talk.
We are not going to chase the West. They tore up most of our relationships. We do have other countries with which we can develop cooperation in the economy, social, cultural affairs and sports. We will deal with the countries that never failed us, the countries with which we managed to reach complex compromises, and when they were effectively reached, no one ever tried to cheat anyone. When it comes to the West, things are exactly the other way round. (sublinierile mele cu roșu)
The actions of the countries of the collective West and Vladimir Zelensky, who is controlled by them, confirm the global nature of the Ukraine crisis. It is no longer a secret that victory over Russia “on the battlefield” is the strategic goal of the United States and its NATO allies. They see it as a mechanism to significantly degrade or even destroy our country. Our opponents are ready to do much to accomplish this goal.
The United States is the main beneficiary of the military conflict as it seeks to reap biggest benefits from it in economic and military-strategic terms. At the same time, Washington is addressing an important geopolitical goal, which is to destroy the traditional ties between Russia and Europe and to overpower its European satellites even more.
As for how long the conflict may last, the ball is in the court of the regime and Washington, which stands behind it. They can stop this meaningless resistance at any moment. The enemy is well aware of our proposals concerning demilitarisation and denazification of the territories controlled by the regime and elimination of threats to Russia’s security coming from these territories, including our new territories ‒ the DPR, LPR, and the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. There is not much left to be done. All they need to do is fulfil these proposals of their own volition. Otherwise, the issue will be resolved by the Russian Army.
Naturally, there can be no “business as usual” with such partners [adică europenii conformi UE]. We are not going to knock on closed doors or initiate joint projects. Fortunately, the European Union is not our only partner; we have many friends and like-minded forces in other parts of the world. If and when Europe begins to feel the cruel hangover from the current Russophobic zeal and then sobers up, if coherent national-oriented politicians appear there who understand the advantages of an equal and mutually beneficial partnership with Russia, I assure you, there will be no problems on our side. But so far, we have what we have. We are realists. We will continue to work with those few Europeans who value their friendship with Russia. We are not going to cooperate with the Russophobes.
It is objectively impossible to maintain any kind of normal communication with the Biden administration, which is talking about our strategic defeat as its goal. (sublinierile mele cu roșu)
As for how Russia was perceived throughout these years, including the time you met with Mr Kissinger, our Western colleagues used to say that “Russia needs to know its place.” They said this with pleasure. This is an accurate observation. This “pleasure” was felt practically in the years after the USSR. First, they patted us on the shoulder in the direct and figurative sense of the word. They believed we were in the “the golden billion’s” pocket and were becoming part of the Western globalisation system. Now it is called a system of rules that must underlie the world order. We were seen as an ordinary junior partner that had the resources needed by the West and to which the West would transfer technology while preserving its position in its own coordinate system. The tune is set by the Western leaders, primarily the US and its closest allies in Europe, that have straightened their shoulders and think they have the right to dictate how Europe is developed.
We are at war with the collective West led by the United States which is a nuclear power. This war was declared years ago after the coup in Ukraine which was orchestrated by the United States and supported by the EU, and after no one planned to act on the Minsk agreements (as we now know for sure). Angela Merkel confirmed this. [apropo, în fosta Ucraină se desfășoară doar o Operațiune Militară Specială; războiul este cu eșalonul superior]
We are in no hurry. President of Russia Vladimir Putin talked about this. We would like to finish, as soon as possible, the war the West was preparing for and eventually unleashed against us through Ukraine. Our priority is the lives of the soldiers and civilians that remain in the zone of hostilities. We are patient people. We will defend our compatriots, citizens and lands that belonged to Russia for centuries, proceeding from these priorities.